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On a royal tour to Fiji this week, Britain's Prince Harry drew attention to the climate change threat facing the island country's people on a daily basis.Most of the population of Fiji, an archipelago of some 330 islands, lives on the coast, where tourism is also concentrated, intensifying pressure on natural resources like coral reefs.Tourism is a pillar of Fiji's economy, contributing more than 40 percent of gross domestic product, according to the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association. Fiji's government aims to grow tourism into a $2 billion industry by 2020 . Those involved in Fiji's diving industry are quick to point out that climate change may be happening, but it is not yet clear how local reefs will react in future.Fiji wants to boost tourism for its economic growth, but the industry understands that development increases the strain on local resources, mainly in already fragile coastal areas.A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Marine Ecology Consulting found that about 70 percent of tourism operators surveyed in Fiji had been, or are involved in efforts to establish no-fishing zones or marine protected areas.The market has since opened up for inland tourism, and more adventure-seekers are now coming to Fiji, the travel firm says.
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